CARACAS, Monday January 28, 2013 | Update

Unrest in relocation of prisoners in Venezuela

Inmates were relocated among 19 prisons

Inmates’ relatives check lists posted by the authorities at Uribana penitentiary (Photo: Leo Ramírez/ AFP)
Monday January 28, 2013  01:14 PM
Forty eight hours after the deadly events in Venezuelan jail Uribana, northwest Venezuela, relatives of inmates ignore the prisoners' whereabouts and desperately await information from the authorities as some 2003 male inmates were relocated among 19 penitentiaries on Sunday.

Lists providing information about the prisoners' location have been posted by the authorities at Uribana penitentiary. 

In the meantime, 61 bodies were delivered to their relatives on Saturday-Sunday. By Sunday mid-afternoon the death toll amounted to 64 whereas 123 people were reported injured.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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